Man told wife ‘your claret will be on my tiles’ as he slashed her mouth to ear
A violent husband slashed his wife with a Rambo-style knife and told her: "Your claret will be all over my tiles".
Adrian Sword attacked his partner of 32 years after an argument broke out over cannabis, the Liverpool Echo reported .
The shocking incident happened in their home in Wirral, Merseyside, at around 11.30pm, on March 30.
Liverpool Crown Court heard how the 54-year-old picked up the frightening 8 inch blade, placed one hand over his wife Jacqueline's mouth and swiped the knife across her right cheek.
Despite the violence inflicted on her, Jacqueline said in court that she still loves her husband and wants to "work things out" as he was jailed yesterday.
The court heard the dad-of-two had become “angry” that his wife had taken some of his cannabis and accused her of selling some of it.
In a fit of rage the grandad chillingly told his wife "your claret will be all over my tiles"
His attack left a deep 10cm wound on the victim's face.
Sword then went to the house of a friend and said: “I’ve done Jackie."
Judge Gary Woodhall said: "You told your friend you had cut your wife's throat and you said 'the knife was f*****g sharp'
"You then said both 'I hope I have not killed her' and 'I hope I have killed her'."
Prosecutor Simon Duncan told the court how, after the attack, Sword tried to barricade himself into his friend's home.
Mr Duncan said: “The defendant attempted to barricade the back door.
“He has a machete and talked about ‘going down fighting’
“His friend told him ‘don’t be stupid’.
“The defendant then handed over the machete to another friend who had arrived.
“When the police did turn up the defendant came out the house alone and there was no issue with his arrest.”
On his arrest for Sword told Merseyside Police: “I don’t know what you are on about”.
He subsequently answered no comment to many questions when interviewed.
He claimed that his wife of 12 years had in fact sliced her own face in a bid to “stitch him up”.
In a victim impact statement read by defence barrister Nicholas Walker, Mrs Sword told how she can’t sleep since the attack on March 30.
She described her husband as having multiple personalities one which she said was “horrible and violent”.
Reading her statement Mr Walker said: “Mrs Sword says she is struggling on a daily basis even though that is with the knowledge that the defendant is locked away and he can’t get to her now.”
Mrs Sword, who has been left with considerable scarring, said she feels “nervous, scared and paranoid” when she goes out.
Mr Walker added: “She said ‘I can’t wait to go back home when I do venture out because I feel safer indoors'.”
The 57-year-old also told how the events of that evening come “flooding back” to her every time she looks in the mirror and sees her injury.
The statement continued: “I dream about the attack while I am still awake.
“It’s like I’m watching a DVD that keeps playing over and over.
“I feel like I am on a roller coaster and then what happens hits me like a sledge hammer.
“I try and put on a front in front of my kids and grand children but inside I’m a complete wreck.”
The statement added: “There are no winners [in this case], I have lost my husband. Their kids have lost their dad and the grandchildren their grandad.
“We are all grieving.
“I wish I could turn the clock back.
“I want to try and rebuild my life, I don’t want this to ruin what life I have left.
“I didn’t think this would be my future after being with him for 32 years.”
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